Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

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Maayan Epstein 14B
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Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Postby Maayan Epstein 14B » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:53 pm

When something is a "reducing agent", does this mean it gets oxidized or reduced? Furthermore, does this mean it is the cathode or the anode?

Rimsha Hussaini 1A
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Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Postby Rimsha Hussaini 1A » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:18 pm

The reducing agent is the substance that undergoes oxidation (losing electrons) and thus corresponds to the anode.

Miya Lopez 1I
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Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Postby Miya Lopez 1I » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:20 pm

A reducing agent is a substance that is oxidized, which means it loses electrons.

Elizabeth Gallmeister 1A
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Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Postby Elizabeth Gallmeister 1A » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:21 pm

Right, the reducing agent is oxidized because it facilitates and allows for the reduction of the other species. One way to think about it is the oxidation produces the electrons transferred to actually reduce the other species.

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Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Postby Danielle Hoekstra 1C » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:56 pm

The anode is the electrode that electricity flows into. Cathode is the electrode where the electricity flows out of. An anode is positive and a cathode is negative

Laurence Tacderas 1K
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Re: Reducing agent/oxidizing agent

Postby Laurence Tacderas 1K » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:26 am

Just remember that what ever reduces/oxidizes (or is the "reducing/oxidizing" agent) is the one getting oxidized/reduced. Then you can tell if it is the cathode (reduction) or anode (oxidation) half reaction


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